May 31st, 2012
You Know You’re a Pet Parent When…
Today, for many of us, our dogs are our family, our furry children. They are more dependent on us than their 2-legged non-furry counterparts and we want them to grow, flourish and live a wonderfully long and happy life. I’ve heard people use the words “Pet Parent” and “pet owner” interchangeably. While they may seem like the same thing, in our view, they’re not. So what is the difference between a Pet Parent and a pet owner? Here’s a few examples!
True Pet Parents:
- Spend time with their dog even when tired from a long day at whatever. Talk, play, laugh, share and love – you’re the center of your dog’s world.
- Are not just pet-parents on the weekends!
- Are the kind and benevolent pack leader.
- Believe that compassionate and positive training will bring out the best in their dog. Dog Parents know training is not just to prevent destructive behavior, but understand that it also provides intellectual stimulation.
- Are knowledgeable about their pet’s world – training, toys, food/nutrition, exercise, and health issues.
- Are proud of him/her and will do most anything to ensure their physical, mental and emotional health.
- Can read their dog’s feelings to know when something just isn’t right and take action to find out what may be wrong.
- Are selfless; they share their dog with others, if possible.
- Willingly stand up for the voiceless.
- Know when it’s time to say “goodbye” and honor that.
The list is endless and everyone, I’m sure, can add another thought. Bottom line, when you are a Pet Parent, you’ve made a commitment. And in return, you will never receive more love and devotion from any living being than you will from your dog.